Granville E. Waters

Granville E. Waters (HM1IP7)

Location: Moran, TX 76464 Shackelford County
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N 32° 32.64', W 99° 8.396'

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Born in Ashtabula County, Ohio in April 1852, Granville Eades Waters came to Texas in 1871. He settled in the north central part of the state before moving to Shackelford County in 1876. The next year, he wed Rennie Harris, daughter of a Waco mayor. The couple settled in a log cabin near Deep Creek, a few miles north of Hulltown (present Moran). With their five sons, they faced the hardships of frontier life; the closest post office was in Fort Griffin, and the nearest railroad connected Dallas to Fort Worth.
     For many years, on behalf of Ohio friend Cyrus B. Snyder, Waters operated the Ashtabula Stock Ranch west of Moran. Known by the honorary title of colonel, he found success as a breeder and dealer of Hereford Cattle, first bringing them to the ranch in 1885. He later served as president of the American Hereford Cattle Breeder's Association. The Waters Ranch became a social center for the area. The site of picnics, ballgames and other events, it provided a meeting place for many years until the house burned and the family moved into Moran, where their property became the Waters Addition to the town.
     Waters served as county commissioner (1884-1892) and vice president of Moran National Bank. In the early 1900s, Waters worked in real estate, insurance, gas and oil leasing, and as a scout for the Texas Company (Texaco). He was also active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Freemasons and Knights Templar.
     Waters died at a Fort Worth hospital in 1927. He is remembered today for his contributions to the local community and for his influence on the area economy through the introduction of Hereford stock and the early exploration for oil and gas in Shackelford County.
HM NumberHM1IP7
Marker Number13204
Year Placed2005
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 486861 N 3600745
Decimal Degrees32.54400000, -99.13993333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 32.64', W 99° 8.396'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 32' 38.4" N, 99° 8' 23.76" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 124 FM2408, Moran TX 76464, US
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